Technology

Whether you're a beginner or technologically advanced, YOURLifeChoices Technology page has everything you need to understand and make the most of your computer, smartphone or mobile device. Our Technology News page is updated twice-weekly by our Technology Expert, Drew Patchell. Whether you are looking to set up a social networking page on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, or just looking find the best broadband or wireless internet deals, Drew can help.

Our tutorials page features answers to all of your computer questions and provides you with the latest hints and tips to update your skills. If you are looking for a senior-friendly mobile phone, something fun on YouTube or a free anti-virus scanner, we have the information you require. 

Online safety is also an important issue and we keep you up-to-date with the latest downloads, anti-virus software and how to avoid scams. We offer short-cut keystrokes if you want to save time and 'how-to' guides for all the best gadgets. And whether you are a Mac or PC fanatic, we answer your questions.

Do you have a technology question you need answered? Just ask Drew.

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Learn a new language fast

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How to clean your keyboard

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Starting out on social media

Starting out on social media

With which social media websites should you sign up?

Streaming services

Streaming services

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Why join Twitter?

Why join Twitter?

Twitter enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called ‘tweets’.

Best Cameras

Best Cameras

Countless new digital cameras are released each year, so it can be hard to decide ...

Computers

Windows 10 will be free

Windows 10 will be free for current users of Windows.

Free upgrade

Which memory is which?

Salespeople love to dazzle you with jargon, especially when it comes to computers.

Simplify the slang

Free apps to reduce eyestrain

Seven free apps and tips to help prevent or reduce digital eyestrain.

Watch out for eyestrain

Gadgets

Four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks

Anne Rady shares four iPhone and iPad tips and tricks in this week's video

Tech tips

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

Apple Watch available in April

The Apple Watch will be available in Australia from April 2015.

Do you want an Apple Watch?

Phones

Make your battery last longer

Anne Rady shares a few simple tips that will help you stretch your battery to its limits.

Battery tips and tricks

Double your battery life

We’ve found the top five battery extenders for all your devices.

Extend your battery

Roaming without the sky-high rates

Options designed to combat overseas roaming costs and post-trip phone bill depression.

Get the best data deal

Internet

Keep your metadata private

Greens senator Scott Ludlam’s tips for keeping your metadata private.

Stay under the radar

How do we compare online?

Have you ever wondered how the internet in Australia compares to the rest of the world?

‘Download Deathmatch’

Alarming police metadata access

Victorian police officers sought access to customer metadata 63,000 times in 2013/14.

Parliamentary inquiry

Social Networking

Why join Twitter?

Twitter enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called ‘tweets’.

Join the club

Find free wifi wherever you are

Find free wifi both home and abroad with www.wefi.com.

Free wifi on the go

Is Pinterest of interest?

Full of DIY tutorials, arts and crafts, recipes and more.

Start ‘pinning’ now

Software & Downloads

Learn a new language fast

The Duolingo language app will have you talking like a local in no time.

Free foreign language app

Streaming services

Presto, Stan and soon Netflix are the three new streaming services to launch this year.

What’s the deal?

Drew reviews Dragon's software

You can now control your whole computer via voice commands, as well as produce documents at 99 per cent accuracy with spoken text.

Give it a try

Online Shopping

Spotting fake user reviews

Drew explains how to spot a fake review.

Can you spot the fakes?

How to save on shopping

The advantage of online shopping is that, if you do it right, you can end up saving money.

Spend less

Five best websites for gifts

We share the five best gift websites to help you out this holiday season.

Find the perfect gift

Safety Online

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

How to make a strong password

Learn how to create a memorable and hack-proof internet password.

Protect yourself

How to turn off your spying tech

Four everyday technologies that are spying on you, and how to turn them off.

Secure your privacy

Technology News

Top 10 keyboard shortcuts

Be more efficient on your computer with these 10 keyboard shortcuts for PC and Mac.

Maximise your efficiency

Samsung’s TVs are listening-in

Samsung’s Smart TVs can listen to, record and send private conversations to a third party.

TVs too smart?

Chinese firm 3D-prints building

Chinese company WinSun has used 3D printing to build a five-story apartment building.

Is this the future of construction?

Technology Q&A

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

Learn a new language fast

The Duolingo language app will have you talking like a local in no time.

Free foreign language app

Why join Twitter?

Twitter enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called ‘tweets’.

Join the club

News

Is PayPal safe?

Bobby is trying to buy a gift online, and the only payment option offered is PayPal.

Is it safe?

Streaming services

Presto, Stan and soon Netflix are the three new streaming services to launch this year.

What’s the deal?

Best Cameras

Countless new digital cameras are released each year, so it can be hard to decide on which to buy.

Find the right camera

FunOnTheGo App

What is an App?

App, short for application, is now such a commonplace term that there is an assumption everyone knows what one is. If you’re unsure, Rachel has a simple explanation.

What is an App?

Who uses Apps?

If you’re not sure if you’re the kind of person who may use an App, perhaps you need some suggestions on what kind of Apps are available.

Who uses Apps?

Why bother with an app?

When you can access just about any website from your phone or tablet, why would you bother with an app?

Why bother with an app?

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